Its been a busy few weeks at Ferrari. Hot off the heels of their new F60 America (built to celebrate 60 years of Ferrari in America), they have released this. The brand new Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta, or Speciale A for easier pronunciation. Only 499 will be made with a whopping £228,682 price tag. Not as expensive as the F60 but considering the standard 458 Spider is £198,971 which is £30,000 cheaper it seems a steep price hike. The justification for the price hike is that this will be the last hurrah for the 458’s engine. the Speciale Aperta keeps the same 4.5 Litre V8 from the standard car, producing 597 BHP. Ferrari claim that the 458 Speciale Aperta is still able to replicate the same lap time at Fiorano, Ferrari’s Test Track, as the standard car despite the Speciale weighing 50KG more. This is due to the car carrying the same on board tech as the standard 458 including an electronic differential (e-diff) making the car incredibly easy to drive quickly. Even morons can drive this car fast. In 2015, the new 458 will receive twin turbos as part of Ferrari’s future plan. They will no longer produce cars with naturally aspirated engines which, I feel, is a real shame. The current V8 used in the 458 is considered to be one of Ferrari’s greatest engines, capable of revving to an astounding 9000 RPM. The noise this engine will also disappear which seems the greatest loss of all. Turbo and supercharged engines can make great sounds but they are no match to naturally aspirated engines in my opinion. The Speciale Aperta makes the engine notes sound even more crisper, vibrant and naughtier with the lack of a roof in place. Not only is this the last hurrah for the V8 but also for the 458.
The last time Ferrari did a special edition of their supercar was back in 2008 with the Ferrari F430. One of the last 430’s to be produced was a special edition run called the 430 Scuderia 16M,built to celebrate the F1 teams 16th constructor’s world championship. There are similarities between both the 16M and Speciale Aperta which make me believe that the 458 will be replaced next year, although these are just my opinions. If it is true then it will be a shame to see the 458 depart and will also leave a huge footprint for the forthcoming car to follow in. We shall have to wait and see.
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